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Arsenal v Bayern Munich in Shanghai. The teams, the mind games, the TV options.

By Bulldog Drummond

Bayern have played one friendly so far this summer – against Erlangen Bruck, a team that plays in the Landesliga Bayern-Nordost, the sixth tier of German football.   Erlangen Bruck has a ground capacity of 1000, and they lost 9-1 to Bayern.

As far as I can see other than that, this is the first full game of the new season for Bayern, meaning Arsenal have a slight disadvantage of having played the two games in Australia.  But Bayern have played a couple of 45 minute warm up matches as well.

It does mean that both sides are likely to be playing the sort of squad fixture that we saw in Sydney with a mix of youth and experienced players, and wholesale substitutions on the hour mark.

We do know however that Serge Gnabry won’t be playing for Bayern as he has already gone out on loan.

Bayern won the German league last season for the 93rd consecutive time [that might be a slight exaggeration – Tony] being 15 points clear of RB Leipzig.

#
Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
1
Bayern
34
25
7
2
89
22
67
82
2
RB Leipzig
34
20
7
7
66
39
27
67
3
Dortmund
34
18
10
6
72
40
32
64
4
Hoffenheim
34
16
14
4
64
37
27
62
5
1. FC Köln
34
12
13
9
51
42
9
49

But they did have one upset towards the end of the season by losing to Borussia Dortmund at home in the DFB Cup Semi-Final, 2-3.  Otherwise they were winning matches through the league in a boring end to a boring season.

According to the Guardian’s chart they have been quite busy this summer, spending a nett £66m.  Thus far they have bought

  • Niklas Süle from Hoffenheim for £19.3m
  • Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim on a free
  • Kingsley Coman from Juventus for £18.4m
  • Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen for £7m
  • Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for £36.4m
  • James Rodríguez from Real Madrid on a loan deal.
The big sale has been Medhi Benatia to Juventus for £14.9m.
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Arsenal have reported no injuries from the Sydney games so our wounded players remain Gabriel and Santi Cazorla.  Gabriel is reported to be ready for training from early August.   Donyell Malen was reported as having picked up a knock in the first Sydney game, but it apparently now fine again.

As for the team there is a second train of thought concerning what sort of team we might put out.  This is that as with Australia it will be important to give the youngsters a chance to show that they can perform in front of a big crowd – after all if they don’t have that chance in a game that has no consequence when will they?   But then there are the bloggettas saying that Arsenal cannot afford to be “humiliated” again, and so the first XI have to play – or at least as many of them as we have available.

The problem with the former argument is that following this match, and with this “no risk” approach we have only the Emirates Cup matches to give the youngsters a chance (and they will have to be given a chance then since there are the usual two games in two days) since the other games are against Chelsea.

I guess a third approach would be a half way house in which it is primarily a “dare not be humiliated” approach but at the same time the team might still include one or two of the younger players such as

Cech
Bielik  Mertesacker  Monreal
Oxlade-Chamberlain                                     Kolašinac
Ramsey               Xhaka
Ozil          Iwobi
Lacazette

But then other members of the squad will want game time and so we could see at least one other younger player in the team.  Maitland-Niles maybe to see how he takes the pressure.   Or Reiss Nelson, for the same reason?

The other option would be to play Giroud instead of Iwobi, just to see further how this combination might work.

Or alternatively it is possible that the teams’ managements will have got together and agreed that each will be fielding a certain number of youngsters so that no one is trying to outwit the other in terms of team selection.

As for watching the game, there is nothing on Arsenal’s site about seeing it live, which is rather annoying – they could at least have put up a note saying they are not showing it.  In the UK there is a TV channel called Premier Sports (not part of BT or Sky) which has the game if you can find their channel on subscription (I couldn’t when I looked) and also if you open an account with a gambling company they are saying they will show it on your computer screen.   But then, do you really want a gambling company to have your credit card details?

There is however a long list of stations that are showing it all around Europe and it is possible you’ll be able to pick it up on one of those, but for legal reasons I can’t tell you about them.

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38 comments to Arsenal v Bayern Munich in Shanghai. The teams, the mind games, the TV options.

  • para

    I’ve noticed that Arsenal does not “massacre” a team that is clearly below their level like Bayern does especially in a friendly. Arsenal seems to be ok with just winning?

    Anyway, 4 games before it all starts again. Yeah.

  • Wolfgang

    The problem is Wenger likes to overpass and overplay. That’s why defenders can come back in nos to frustrate them.And a quick counter could see the gunner s concede goals.
    Just watch the Sydney game and you will know what I mean.

  • locomotif

    Eddie Nketiah most impressive youngster thus far. Willock the younger also showing good signs.
    BTW Viking fc was demolished 8-0 last season @para

  • Steve Vallins

    Down load Universal Sports App and you will find Premier Sports

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    As for me here in Zaria town Nigeria, I depend on Supersports to watch the match. But @11:00am Nigeria time as I am typing my comment, there is not light in the Anguwan Kaya locality where I live to put my TV set on, and run through the Supersports channel list programming schedules to know on which channel the match is showing and @ what time it will start showing. Ah! Thank God, the light is back. But what am seeing on my TV set on Supersports 223 SS3N HD channel which is the channel that shows the last Arsenal 2 friendly Australia games are the two PL Asia Trophy games of: (1) Leicester City vs WBA live @10:00am GMT and later @13:00pm is the match between Liverpool vs Palace game that will be shown. I’ll wait to see if the Arsenal vs Bayern Munich match is an evening or a night scheduled kickoff match.

    Nevertheless, I think Arsenal will beat Bayern Munich hands down in this friendly match encounter in China. Irrespective of if the match is a friendly one or not, Arsenal will still beat Bayern Munich because to me, all games are important and Arsenal should win them as they come. More so, if Arsenal beat Bayern Munich today in China, it will serve as a confidence booster for them ahead of their friendly match against Chelsea also taking place in China in three days time from today. Which will also serve as pre Charity Shield match between the duo teams that is coming up later in early August @ Wembley.

  • Tony Attwood

    Cech,
    Bielik, Mertesacker, Monreal, Kolasinac
    Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka,
    Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

    4-3-3?

  • Tony Attwood

    Actual line up
    Arsenal: Cech, Bielik, Elneny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette.

  • Andrew Crawshaw

    Elneny for Per was a late change due to sickness.

  • ARSENAL 13

    My first game of the season….

    ccccccooooooommmmmmmeeeeeee ooooooonnnnnnnnnnn ggggguuuuuuuunnnnnneeeeeeerrrrrrrrrsssssssssssssssss

  • Steve Vallins

    The match is on but the stream keeps stopping

  • al_the_gunner

    theres no baWaria without dive

  • ARSENAL 13

    oops…Was that even a foul!!….Preparation for the season ahead indeed

  • Menace

    No VAR but what a stupid official. A clear cheat by the BM player gets a penalty.

  • Steve Vallins

    Arsenal would like that type of penalty anytime maybe slightly clumsy but the ref was quick 1 nil to Bayern

  • Usama Zaka

    Diving and cheating in a friendly shows the ‘values’ instilled at ‘Top Club’ Bayern Munich

  • para

    just managed to get a stream for second half.

  • Tony Attwood

    Watching it on WAFTV (We are Football TV). Half way through suddenly the commentary moves from being in English to Spanish with what seems to be South American commentators.

    But if you get a chance to watch a replay, take a look at the player all over Ozil for about 20 seconds in the opening minutes – no foul given – and then the penalty – such a difference in the interpretation of the rule book.

    Kolasinac suddenly went off before half time – couldn’t see why – and Nelson is on. 0-1 down at half time from the penalty.

  • Tony Attwood

    The South American commentators didn’t think it a penalty either.

  • para

    Watching replays.
    So bayern got a false pen and then had a good goal disallowed.
    Well well, nothing has changed then?

  • Menace

    So many pulls & pushes in the Bayern Box but nothing given by the officials. The off sides were close but need to be supplemented by VAR. Players that go down get the calls. What a load of rubbish from officials that are supposed to implement the Laws of the Game.

    One on ones by Arsenal leaving a lot to be desired – poor coaching. Nothing to beat a simple lob. That may not be the best photograph but it gets the goal.

  • para

    Yes youth, you can match the best just play calmly and you can do it.
    Good defending lads.

  • para

    Commentators supporting Arsenal? What Earth am i on?

  • Tony Attwood

    Utter lunacy – Elneny is fouled and gets a yellow card.

  • Menace

    The official is making a fool of himself by booking the player that was fouled – Elneny. That is the way these guys earn a living when Bayern are involved.

  • markyb

    Heaven forbid, do they allow gambling on these games?

  • para

    Bayern pretend to be so fragile. Dont like them.

  • Tony Attwood

    We are having another break for drinks. So from now on it is a game of four halves.

  • Steve Vallins

    No rhythm and very stop start , disjointed

  • para

    Bayern youth very inventive too, can see why they play for Bayern.

  • Chris

    Iwobi making his mark. Great goal. Great assist from Ramsey

    At least we beat the ref.

  • Tony Attwood

    And a superb equaliser at the death from Iwobi. The least we deserved playing against 12 men throughout. And a lovely breakaway move for it.
    1-1 the final score

  • WalterBroeckx

    Hey you, you are ruining my match report 😉 🙂
    oh it is on line by the way 😉

    http://untold-arsenal.com/archives/63142

  • WalterBroeckx

    F*ck it seems we had a penalty shoot out after the match. We won that one according to arsenal.com

  • Chris

    Well Iwobi and Martinez raisong their flags here

  • Chris

    Well we even got silverware. Must have missed something there….

  • Menace

    An amazing end to a game that might have been lost 10 – 2 but then this is ‘lucky Arsenal’. What a turnaround. Taking the game on (unexpected) penalties. What will the press & aaa make of this one :).

  • John L

    Media will say:

    Only a meaningless friendly, Bayern not trying

    On the other hand, if we had lost….

  • Richard

    They can’t say Bayern didn’t try, Bayern tried to batter us and but for manful defending and Cech and oh some poor officiating we could have been on the end of a bad beating. However, we stuck at it and scored late some nice play by iwobi and Ramsey to get the equaliser.
    Stand out players well Reid nelson he did the defensive side of the game well today and did get some promising forays, brammall improved as his game time progressed maitland niles is better in dm or right wing position. Oh and chris willock also quietly effective.
    Game did go to penalties which was planned similar to the Asia trophy format. We won the penalties two decent saves by Martinez and A miss by Bayern and game was ours. On side note I preferred the system of penalties trialled in Asia trophy games called ABBA quite simply team a takes penalty team b takes two you get the picture it seems an interesting idea.
    Let’s put this into perspective so far in those 45min friendlies Bayern played they had won every one and scored 16 goals which averaged out about 5.3 goals a match up. We kept them down to one and managed to sneak away with a win. Yes it wasn’t our best display or most fluid but sickness hit us before and during game. So just to change players so late in day and get a result is a plus so is a 3-0 in the friendlies so far. We are building momentum fitness levels along with confidence and understanding between players